Spock, Tony Stark and the Rat Mind Meld

If you are flying your Iron Man suit and need to adjust the left posterior thruster, you sure as heck ain’t gonna reach down and tweak its angle with your hand at mach 2.  To maneuver in the suit in flight (which I’d really want since death by building impact is not how I want to go out)  it’ll help to be able to control the suit with you mind.  On the way to developing his brain-controlled exoskeleton neuroscientist Miguel Nicoleis wired the brains of two rats together and demonstrated that signals from one rat’s brain can help the second rat solve a problem it would otherwise have no clue how to solve.

Wonder if Dr. Nicoleis plans to start off with an exo-RAT-skeleton?

Scientists Wire Two Rats’ Brains Together – Wired.com

Reason for Hope – Danish Islamophobe Attacked, Muslims Defend His Rights


“We Muslims have to find a new way of reacting,” said Qaiser Najeeb, a 38-year-old second-generation Dane whose father immigrated from Afghanistan. “Instead of focusing on the real point, we always get aggressive and emotional. This should change. We don’t defend Hedegaard’s views but do defend his right to speak. He can say what he wants.” 

We Jews and Christians could well take the same advice.


London Bomber Mohammed Siddique Khan – He has a point!

I am moved by his opening sentiments ‘this has all been said before, the west just ignores words and only attends violence’.  He’s of course right but it doesn’t have to be this way.  We could listen to and try to accommodate the interest of others BEFORE frustrations over the injustices build to the point of violence.  Few of us really want to be the Darth Vaders of  the planet.  We don’t want to send robotic killing machines around the world recruiting enemies for us.  Khan’s position seems entirely reasonable, “Until we feel security, you will be our targets. And until you stop the bombing, gassing, imprisonment and torture of my people we will not stop this fight.”  Were I in his position that’s absolutely how I would feel.  You?


YouTube – Mohammad Saddique Khan

The full text of the videotape of Mohammad Sidique Khan, one of the four 7 July bombers, which was aired on Arabic television channel al-Jazeera and in which he explains his motives.
I’m going to keep this short and to the point because it’s all been said before by far more eloquent people than me.

And our words have no impact upon you, therefore I’m going to talk to you in a language that you understand.

Our words are dead until we give them life with our blood.

I’m sure by now the media’s painted a suitable picture of me, this predictable propaganda machine will naturally try to put a spin on things to suit the government and to scare the masses into conforming to their power and wealth-obsessed agendas.

I and thousands like me are forsaking everything for what we believe.

Our driving motivation doesn’t come from tangible commodities that this world has to offer.

Our religion is Islam – obedience to the one true God, Allah, and following the footsteps of the final prophet and messenger Muhammad… This is how our ethical stances are dictated.

Your democratically elected governments continuously perpetuate atrocities against my people all over the world.

It is not known when the videotape, aired on 1 September, was made
And your support of them makes you directly responsible, just as I am directly responsible for protecting and avenging my Muslim brothers and sisters.

Until we feel security, you will be our targets. And until you stop the bombing, gassing, imprisonment and torture of my people we will not stop this fight.

We are at war and I am a soldier. Now you too will taste the reality of this situation.
A second part of the tape was less clear, but he could be heard saying:

I myself, I myself, I make dua (pray) to Allah… to raise me amongst those whom I love like the prophets, the messengers, the martyrs and today’s heroes like our beloved Sheikh Osama Bin Laden, Dr Ayman al-Zawahri and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and all the other brothers and sisters that are fighting in the… of this cause.

With this I leave you to make up your own minds and I ask you to make dua to Allah almighty to accept the work from me and my brothers and enter us into gardens of paradise.

NBA star Dennis Rodman travels to North Korea – can a new tat be far behind?

“We got invited, we’re gonna go and hopefully have some fun”. Isn’t Rodman about twice as tall as Kim Jung-Un?

Fox, NPR et al are not buying any North Korean attempt to de-terrify Americans. “They are just evil dammit! claim our official storytellers. “Their satellite launches are really offensive missile tests, their cultural exchanges are a plot to undermine our defenses and their request that we our end of state of war with them and withdraw the 30,000+ troops we have stationed on their border is a transparently hostile attack aimed at lessening tensions in the region”.  We can’t let the get away with it!  – http://fxn.ws/YBY3Jy

MatterNet – Helpful Drones that will make us safer


Three D printers, why not an Internet for stuff?  Al Gore’s great gift delivers small packets of information (often in the form of porn) to our homes and devices via a series of hubs and nodes around digital world.  MatterNet aims to do the same thing physically (without the porn).  At  Google’s “Solve for X” conference last year the creators of MatterNet, without giggling, discussed their plan to create a network of small pilotless aircrafts to deliver small packages to and from the one billion people who live in lands roadless for part or all of the year.  It’s designers say the cost to transport a 2kilogram package of medicine, antibiotics, water purifier – whatever – a distance of 10 kilometers will be 24 cents – one squirt of water enhancer!  Compare that to $80,000 per Hellfire missile.  Which expenditure will do more to make friends, influence people and build peace?   For which would America rather be known?

Dale Dolphin Carnegie?

1930’s relationship expert Dale Carnegie teaches that everyone wants you to remember their name.  Bottle-nosed dolphins seem to have listened.  According to a story in ScienceMag.org  when pairs of dolphin friends were separated and able to hear but not see each other, often one would call out the name (click, whistle, beep)  of its unvisible pal.

“The scientists recorded one pair of males twice, once at the beginning of the project and then 12 years later. Even after all that time, each dolphin “copied the fine details of the other’s whistle, an indication of the pair’s especially tight bond.”

“Remember my name”! was a song from the play “Fame”.   I still remember “Flipper”.  Can’t wait for the YouTube vid, “How to Make Friends and Influence Dolphins”.

Even long distance, video drone warfare messes with a pilot’s mind, man.


The  NYT and others cite new findings that “pilots of drone aircraft experience mental health problems like depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress at the same rate as pilots of manned aircraft who are deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan.”   “They witness the carnage.” says researcher Jean Lin Otto,  “Manned aircraft pilots don’t do that. They get out of there as soon as possible.”

Surely there is some kind of UI to make it easier on the pilots.  Do the people they blow up HAVE to look human?  Can some program swap out the images of real people with avatars of burgers or hot dogs?  The path of the Helfire missiles can be represented in any way the programers want.  Make the path look like squirts of mustard!  To a pilot assassination would look like making lunch and that makes everyone happy!

FYI – The times and others claim the information comes from the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center but I was on the site, searched it and found nothing. This is another of those cases wherein every source I search leads back to the times… I’m just sayin’